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August 24, 2022 12:30 am
Today' Best Of episode features Pastor Russ continuing with his sermon about what we must give up in order to follow Christ. As well as how we must strive to have a willing heart to do anything Jesus commands of us and follow him into any situations. Whether they be peaceful or dangerous.
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This is the Truth Network. This is part two of a special two-part episode. Do you feel like you're on a religious treadmill. Do you feel like Christianity is just a system of rules and regulations, I can do this but I can't do that. Do you feel like your efforts to reach God. Find God, and please God, you, do you feel like your faith is dead or alive today. Pastor Russ Andrews will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose, glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living.
For more information and to connect with Russ Andrews and finding purpose could visit us email@example.com or connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious. You tell somebody who's been real wealthy members everything that they want have energy at what have an appointment about a lose all that get their friend consummate got point about your friends or when you lose everything you talking about, but a lot of it was assigned.
People you and I were on the Civil War listed on we we we would never allow them to join up attorney with enough attorney and they will never be in Outlook. Click will think about it you see here at the station the disciples they may associate greatness by the company you keep.
Think about the great love to associate with a great deal with matters that they think on great significance really is that company, I can't think of a more accurate picture of this in the Hollywood elite. If you watch the Oscars.
Click on them there so there is a target. What about us. We tend to associate with all of your really close friends. Well-to-do, successful and attractive. Do you have any friends who are poor and unpopular and successful.
We know about guilty of aborting the little people the world when you go to your marriage or someone is very popular.
Someone is nothing to with this I'm guilty of everything, guilty strengthens 126 to 20 kn. His brothers talking to you guys now the apostle Paul speaking to me is addressing the brothers is white you believers think of what you were when you will call, not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential, not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world war.
In response things. Things are not, to nullify the law so that no one want you glad God loves little people like you and me.
The disciples he said that they will really begin to think there was a special Jesus chose to not all the people to be a special emissary's Jesus is right or wrong in the world they don't know other info that brings us to verse 51 which is a major turning point in the gospel to see everything written thus far has been all about Jesus's ministry in Parma Galilee. He's out there speaking to the masses. ACC stating that they can emanate on them and please pull the disciples aside every now the importance of hard truths justice to try to he's plant some seeds because he knows that when he gets to the real truth is very hard to handle, so he bit by bit, sticking a little bit more just like you do a little child. Verse 5051 Lily rates like this don'tů This is a little translation of verse 51. Now it came about that as the predetermined days, that your translation is the predetermined ice as the predetermined days before his ascension. That's what it says taken up. This is referred to the cross taken up but is really referred to his ascension as the predetermined days before his ascension will running out to the clocks ticking Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Why is the divine mission. He has enough with the cross just this will take place on the exact day on the exact hour that God the father intended and nothing would get in is what that's like saying my will has not yet come hour is not yet come.
That's why the Last Supper said the hour is here so Jesus steadfastly set his face when this is a man since his face on something that means he is determined. So Jesus turned his attention away from the world any focus on his one mission in life.
The very purpose for his birth which was what to die. He had an appointment with the cross man if he did not get an appointment.
We were not sit at here that that cross was one of the humiliating he was going to be shamed before the world stripped naked and beaten and only crowd, he was only Warren was a crown of thorns essay from this point forward most of the people following him they would. They will call disciples, but most of them begin to turn what I do know why they thought that the kingdom was coming and there will be fed every day of the king and all the decision of the disease will be healed, don't we call that the die account of the prosperity gospel is enough much as changed the reason people flock to many here in Angela's thing is because they promised something they cannot deliver.
I promise prosperity, but listen, they never mentioned any cost is all that you can have your best life now really I disciples tomorrow. Best life now that's watching to give you best life now did Jesus ever say that his last letter before his death Paul wrote to Timothy, Paul, is Lily get ready.these in a Roman dungeon, Lily saw a picture of it recently.
JD Greer was over in Rome.
He pushed the picture.
He was in the sale as a whole. He's underground in a dungeon and you literally drop a person down into the dungeon.
No windows that only the only absent hole you can climb out. You can get out.
That's what Paul was when he wrote this letter to Timothy that he should pass the baton to Timothy releases Timothy preach the word was just not doing it laterally preach the word man I wish I could do it again early stilts a long arms, but what we will have about he love the detail you got your next get back at least once next year as he loved and I love having their footprints to work for the time will come when men will not put up with doctrine to suit their own desires, they will gather around them like a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you Timothy you man, I'm telling you this kick in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist of the duties of your ministry. So what about you, you won't hear myths and fairytales operated truth.
So what is the truth here is really willing to make a commitment to follow Christ number. The cost is like William Borden you want to live with his motto. No reserves.
Never treat no regret. Here's what you have to do is what Russ intercession is what we have to expect first to follow Christ will cost me 100% focused all the time and 100% commitment toward your site, Lynn Jesus climb of the boat you got a jump in the boat. Second, we want to buy the cost which will involve rejection at all in varying degrees of been where you are in the on the globe very very degrees of rejection and discomfort is to prove this point.
Jesus sent a delegation to little Samaritan town to get things right of his appearance and he knew ahead of time they would be rejected. But you want to teach disciples a lesson is that his father, but you know the Samaritans were the descendents of the Jews who had been captured when the Assyrians came in and To the northern kingdom. The 10 tribes of Israel known as Israel and they took him back as slaves to Syria notice I uprooted them and they began to live in a Syria and they begin in America with the Syrians were who were Gentiles as of the Samaritans were half breeds half Jewish and half Gentiles, and the Jews despise them if I could get to Galilee. They would walk around the Jordan River take a much longer route justly have walk through Samaria but not Jesus said to the disciples and G.I. Jesus one we just called out found in that one a lot in the Jesus rebuked them.
She's wants is what showing mercy to people sinners all lost 70 for that town. Jesus pass them by. Just like he's doing a lot of places in our country is been rejected for 200 years you've been rejected for the name of Christ to walk the 19th hole in that year and said to prayers with a bunch of men watching that's where the rubber meets the road. Fill that test I was in elementary school. I just remember this. I used to get my plate numbers place, but it had three sections on and I knew I should be semi blessed is what I would do it. I would turn my head now is a techno for a night like I was messed with my veins and say a quick prayer with my lips secret agent question were not supposed to be secret agent Christians something so think you just live by example people come up with my example is a menu such a nice person to me about Jesus, then it will happen is some point you have to open your mouth Jesus said, not willing to not move our not they want technology before my father in heaven because of the problem serious anyway you see rejection become a new way of life anyone chose to be a session with Jesus. John 1519, Jesus is the world hate she keep in mind that it hated me first. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you, they will treat you this way because of my name is Hubert Davis sought just about your a lot of the site is about a Christian man, someone wants it. If you do not been persecuted.
I wonder what would this really did you name of Jesus like you would know she will probably you will you will probably expect rejection some point I want you to understand that Jesus is turned south from Galilee is going through the area known as Korea Korea patient is traveling along a road's and as he's walking along, people still follow him want to proceed.
They have heard about all his miracles feeding people so there's still this a lot of interest in this man, and so every now and then someone would come up so you not want to follow you swimming cousins. It says she's I will follow you wherever you go.
Jesus always have a way of Japanese foxes have holes and birds have nest, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.
What did you mean what he meant no reserves to follow Jesus, man. You got to turn away from the oil life. This is what you give the witness. I want to rock got whatever get whatever money you got whatever possessions you have what he said here he is Lord is all yours so you know, Lord, I don't really care about popularity with the world. I want to be popular with you and you alone you say what I don't really I'm okay to walk with some success that he may not ask you to walk away from success was know if you're willing to do it properly with the rich man and started going to a servant sell all those cantilever associate Jesus okay see you willing just like with Abraham, when he had that my back with him laughing.
He stopped him sticky source if you willing to listen.
If a man is willing to make you the most successful man in the war in North Carolina.
If you're willing, okay, that's a big if you want to hold actual bike account like this and say whatever is mine is yours Lord, you give and you take the name of the Lord be praised. He's not a put so much in there if you given it away and faithful block as he wants to use you to expand his kingdom is nothing wrong with money guys is neutral is the love of money that is evil.
Most people cannot handle money, you know what is attractive you will more. The best way to make you not love what is given away is a prayer you can say Lord everything I have belongs to you.
You given you to help me to be willing to let go of all the comfort and pleasure this world all course, want to follow you, no matter how uncomfortable it becomes a guess his rig is challenged very comfortable life in heaven is like looking right now as it is a bit this week and I sometimes feel a little right now I feel so blessed to get us a blessing to my health ministry not my boys are doing well, their families and that you're probably said Lord I just a little fierce. It will complete to. She's what happens. Yes, if site can you choose Your family and also say Lord please don't let anything happen to my family.
I said no broken bones. I was a doctor's greatest joy Lambros and the bones are ridiculous.
I said no car wrecks no cancer, no disease place.
Lord you don't got a call from Rush today said that the cross I drank some turpentine is my wife with about as it cleans up around two kinds of pain, he drank turpentine which is for can be fatal. And there will take was in the ER and I count Jim brings Michael her veil; my wife and he's fine, thank goodness, but she that moment I question blood get up right just like everybody else, blessed Lord, I feel so guilty sometimes. I sit here and have such a comfortable life and I've got this young girl over there in the Ukraine young told you about her hero and her husband Sergey and their son Mark Martin, document, and their daughter 13 and six and I haven't sent it weaving messaging but you can't reach her now she's not. She's in hockey she's he did electricity from well-known or they're trying to get out of there. Pray for your Sergey hinders the two precious children have seen the refugees come across our southern border watch the people of Ukraine into the Cabarrus London Nairobi up into the slums in Haiti looking in the miracle.
No, I don't understand why I could live in comfort, job results, not only one unit in God's economy. I don't get it I will tell you this. I think our days coming weaving lives you know so much comfort in this country. It is ridiculous and I guess I want to know why. Maybe it's what we need if we will have a reliable as was so comfortable with our money can Hughes explains what Jesus meant by this Jesus say that if you want with him you a sense of the world is not your home. There will be a dissonance discomfort on ease and rejection you send it to follow him, one must embrace a life of discomfort. If your Christianity is not brought discomfort to your life something wrong committed heart knows the discomfort of love in a difficult person. The discomfort of giving until it hurts the discomfort of putting oneself out for the ministry of Christ and his church, the discomfort of the life out of step with modern culture, the discomfort of being disliked the occasional sense of having nowhere to lay your head.
But then he is the Christ rewards far out value. Anything lost by following him going Rose said the cost of college is a great but the compensation is a former writer however was coming one day obviously think I'm going to guess what is in heaven. So Jesus looked at a man sick Ptolemy. He replied, Lord, first let me go and bury my father. Jesus here again hits him in the facility under their own. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God you were thought he would sit United to fit the memo says honor your father in in Jewish culture.
The burial is the last chance to really honor your parents. You would think he would've said to do that and rush back to me. But that's not what he said his reply was radical follow Jesus's radical David Platt wrote a book called radicalism right listen when you walk away from the world and start to follow Christ is the world like your idiot. It looks a radical Billy Graham decided to follow Jesus into full-time ministry in its many sometimes months away from his family. Black Mountain month after month, week after week to take your five kids with no father at home.
That was not the price for that year why she was willing to do it.
Is she too said no reserves no retreat, no regrets.
They will both on land may turn away from Jesus is going to get into tough elements that I will fall even limited back and say goodbye to my family.
Jesus given a lot of response know what he puts his hands. The plant looks back is fit for a king for service in the kingdom of God. The reserves no retreat.
Similarly, just a mom I'm nearing the end if you go to follow Jesus will see later in little pieces. Count the cost, nobody builds a house Mandy without first thing how much it will cost you should follow Jesus. Do you Cost you count the cost you will say no. If you do understand. Jim Elliott Knight St. Roger Derek Peter limited in McKay want to say all their names thereby is about, but Gmail it with her 5 million went out Ecuador in the 1950s Jim Elliott Knight St. Roger Darian Pete Fleming and Ed McCulloch and they took the young wives with them to the jungles of Ecuador to share the gospel with out Indians and that I knew there was no turning back. Get all if you look at all their lives they were athletes they were stars on campus at academically. They could not even want to be successful at whatever they did but they chose to turn just like William born they turned away from the clutches of the world and the success the world to go to Ecuador was hot and humid to share the gospel on Sunday morning January 8, 1956. The five men stood on the side of a river, like they've flown there late site was about the only plane into the jungle and landed on this dry riverbed.
They stood there with the jungle right in front of them and you they were doing.
They were waiting to come out as a been trying to befriend them for months. They thought they had before and befriended them they been dropping through to the many gifts thing a wife. When the plane with them and I needed out this date they do.
There were no Taurus nobody went into the jungle of Camelot pretty much Precision in their unit explores a bit in their spiritual death. Nobody one there they stood without that rifle wouldn't have annexed ladies around the world.
Over the following day's headlines refile commissioners out Indians newsletter reveals the Preston Jim Jim Elliott recorded this now famous saying in his journal. You'll know what he is no fool who gives what he cannot. She to gain what he cannot lose to the horses you will fill the bottle says he is no fool who gives you can keep your life given to Christ. He gives eternal life. You can never lose it. She Jim Elliott live the same as William Morton.
No reserves no retreat in the regrets slim asking close and you want to travel along the road with Jesus. What traits must you possess.
Here they are a humble spirit focused on a committed mind and I was to get whatever he leaves the cost, the regrets, costs him his father like you so much for your word and will thank you for all the men dinner tonight and will that you bless them a lot deeper that you protect our families. We pray to God for the loved ones of ours who don't know you. Today we come to know you wives and children and grandchildren and 90 mothers and grandparents who still live friends together we care about what words come apart at the seams. But we know that you are the king is Joe not send you the king and you are on the throne and everything is moving according to your divine schedule and we don't have to worry about anything because the whole world is literally in your hands and you have it all under control is more to be faithful to pray, being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the resources purpose.net connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh. Find out more finding purpose.net. This is the Truth Network